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Tony Schwartz it the ghostwriter behind The Art of the Deal, a book that contributed to the public career of Donald Trump. The book was released in 1987 and is an autobiography, or some might call it a business bible, that describes Trump’s ascent in the business world.

But Schwartz told the New Yorker that he regrets contributing to the rise of Trump. The man who spent 18 months with Mr. Trump says he would be worried to see Trump President.

“I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

Schwartz wrote the book because he needed extra money, and as his jobs required him, he portrayed Mr. Trump as well as he could. However, if he had to give another title to his book, he would have named it The Sociopath and would portray Trump in a much different light.

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A supporter held up a copy of Donald J. Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” at a rally in July in Laconia, N.H.

In his interview with the New Yorker, Schwartz described Trump as an angry subject who has no attention span and who lacks depth. These traits of personality are worrisome because as Schwartz said, “If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time.”

During primaries, Trump has been accused of lying or distorting the truth, which is not surprising for Schwartz, who said that “Lying is second nature to him,” He added:“More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”

Schwartz also added that Trump took all the credit for the book, even though he hardly did anything. In any case, Schwartz has a hard time believing that Donald Trump genuinely wants to ‘’make America great again’’. In his opinion, running for president is just another way to gain public attention. “If he could run for emperor of the world, he would,” Mr. Schwartz said.

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